Grant Kwiecinski, better known as Detroit-based DJ and producer GRiZ, has spent the last few years modestly making major career moves. Aside from his penchant for touring and festival performances, he released the second edition of his Chasing the Golden Hour mixtape series in 2017, and started quietly releasing singles towards the end of 2018. Now back in full force, GRiZ has released his sixth studio album, Ride Waves.
An album full of features, GRiZ maneuvers previously uncharted territories with high profile talent like Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins, and Wiz Khalifa, while bringing on some long-time favorites like Muzzy Bearr, Yoshi Flower (formerly of Gosh Pith), and Leo Napier. With funk and bass taking a front seat as always, Ride Waves expands on GRiZ’s classic sound over 14 tracks, which can all be streamed below.
Who better to rework a famed J. Cole track than the multi-talented Louis Futon, who enlists some help from Armani White, BXRBER, and Bellah to compose this cover of “Kevin’s Heart.” The song is part of Cole’s latest album, KOD, a Billboard albums chart-topper.
“Days after J Cole dropped his new project, KOD, I was listening to ‘Kevin’s Heart’ and had a really cool idea to flip it so I called up Bellah, BXRBER, and Armani White,” Futon says in the track’s description. “The whole track came together in a couple of hours, and I loved it so much I decided to take out J. Cole’s parts all together and make it a cover!”
The LA-based producer puts a funky spin on the edit, adding in his signature high-pitched synths and harmonies, which bend perfectly under a killer rap verse from White and soulful vocals from Bellah and BXRBER. Futon is set to hit some major U.S. cities on his upcoming summer tour. Find a full list of dates and ticket info here.
Fresh off their shared Grammy win last year for Chance the Rapper‘s “No Problem,” Brasstracks are looking to show the world how they’ve evolved stylistically, presenting a more refined and mature sonic landscape.
Now, the multi-talented purveyors of electro-soul have released a culmination of years-long tweaking and fine-tuning in the first of their two-part EP project, For Those Who Know. Featuring collaborations with Robert Glasper, The Underachievers, Fatherdude, S’Natra, and more, the six-track body of work pays homage to the duo’s proud NY roots — incorporating their classical jazz training, affinity for hip-hop, and new wave electronic sensibilities into a newfound sense of artistic self-awareness.
For Those Who Know Pt. 1 is — more than anything they’ve released prior — a comprehensive, stimulating, jazzy anthology of Brasstracks’ dedication to craft and coming-of-age. Having already released the project’s two leading tracks, “Those Who Know” and “Brownstone,” the remaining tracks rounding out the EP paint an abridged picture of what is to come — one that will leave listeners fiendish for part two.
“For Those Who Know is the first time we’ve felt comfortable in our own skin making a project. It’s a confessional, it’s a coming of maturity, it’s an ode to New York City. In Part I you get to know our roots. We poured our hearts into this, we hope you dig it.”
Brooklyn-based duo Brasstracks have become known for crafting a electrifying live music outfit that fuses electronica, funk, hip-hop, indie-R&B, and whatever else strikes their fancy. Now the improvisational producing partnership, made up of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, have enlisted the help of rising UK-native vocalist BXRBER on their newest original, titled “Brownstone.”
Building upon a steady stream of recent releases, including their original track “Fever” as well as a stirring cover of Lil Uzi Vert‘s “XO TOUR Llif3,” this latest venture into their emblematic soulful sound stamp relies on smooth, steady tempos, an irresistible horn section, and a throw-back jazz vibe. Combine Jackson on the trumpet, Rayne on the drums, and BXBER’s uplifting lyrical talents, and the result is a blithe and blissful track that catapults listeners to cloud nine.
Multi-instrumentalist and producer JNTHN STEIN is known for his moody, experimental instrumental arrangements. Back with London-based vocalist BXRBER, the Team Supreme member has just released his most recent track, “Master Control.”
Bouncy drums and a funky guitar riff start the track with BXRBER’s silky R&B croons floating throughout. STEIN fills out the song with a wonky bass line that would impress any funk fanatic. Showing instrumental promise similar to artists like Lido, FKJ, and more, JNTHN STEIN is definitely a name to look out for in the future.